ACCESSORIES REPORT: Haute for Houndstooth

The famed geometric tessellation houndstooth has been on the fashion scene since the 1800’s. So why is this pattern suddenly making a splash across magazine spreads, celebrities and our favorite boutique’s shelves?

From the red carpet to street style, celebrities have definitely sparked the houndstooth fascination. Gwyneth Paltrow wore a boxy sheath Stella McCartney coat (that doubles as a dress) to the Venice Film Festival, pint-size rapper Willow Smith spiced up her look an amazing red houndstooth vest and Mama Monster Lady Gaga worked a matching sunglasses, hat, belt, clutch, sunglasses, suit look, all screaming the houndstooth pattern.

This Fashionista incorporates the pattern into her wardrobe in a more subtle way than Lady Gaga, sporting a feminine peacoat. With winter weather among us, having the perfect outerwear piece can make all the difference. Stylish (and warm), her tulle peacoat combines black and white to create a seriously sophisticated look for those chilly treks to class. Pairing the pattern with simple J Brand jeans and classic black leather Nine West Boots, it’s easy to use one patterned piece to turn a look up one more notch.

Spotted: Salvatore Ferragamo’s collection of houndstooth pieces became easily recognizable in the fashion world. An array of jackets, dresses and skirts became the staple collection for this classic print. Similarly, Peter Som’s fall 2011 ready-to-wear collection of wool coats and hybrid layers added a splash of playfulness by incorporating houndstooth dresses. New to the design world, but not so new to the fashion world maven Rachel Zoe also mixed houndstooth into her debut collection. If the stylist says it’s okay, then we die for houndstooth too!

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